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Easter Egg Hunt

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For the last meeting of term, we met at Stanford Scout Campsite for an Easter egg hunt. Groups had to go out and hide eggs and record their what3word locations before swapping with another team to go and seek out the hidden eggs.

The success of teams varied greatly in seeking out the eggs however everyone got some chocolate!

A few photos are below:


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On Monday, the Explorers were tasked with shopping for and creating the perfect Pancake! Needless to say, the results were variable ranging from inedible, to barely edible! Some further cooking practise appears to be needed ahead of our summer expedition!

A few photos are below:

Pioneering – Catapults and Ballistas

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This evening, the Explorers practised their pioneering skills to build devices capable of projecting bean bags as far as possible. Each group designed and built their device with varying levels of success!

Well done to the winning group who managed to fire the entire length of the main hall!

A few photos are below:

Jan – April 2024 Programme and 2024 Events

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We are pleased to share our upcoming programme and 2024 events with you below. As this year our efforts are focused on the international expedition, we are unlikely to hold either Survival Camp or Winter Camp, so we encourage you to attend the events above still open to you!

Programme Jan 2024 to April 2024

DateActivityLocationOther Details
01/01/2024No Meeting – Xmas
08/01/2024Scavenger Hunt4th WorthUniform plus outdoor coat
15/01/2024Expedition Kit / Packing Guide / Games4th WorthUniform (you will need to bring your expedition kit in too)
22/01/2024Night HikeTBCHiking Clothing
29/01/2024Build a Ballista4th WorthUniform
05/02/2024Pancake Challenge4th WorthUniform
12/02/2024No Meeting – Half Term
19/02/2024Compass Skills ChallengeGrattons ParkUniform
26/02/2024Backwoods Cooking – PizzaStanfordUniform
04/03/2024Rifle Shooting / Crossbows (Part 1)4th WorthUniform
11/03/2024Skills Bases4th WorthUniform
18/03/2024Rifle Shooting / Crossbows (Part 1)4th WorthUniform
25/03/2024Easter Egg Hunt / Wide GamesStanfordEaster Fancy Dress!
01/04/2024No Meeting – Easter
08/04/2024No Meeting – Easter

Key Upcoming Events (To add to your Diary!)

DateEventOther Details
02/03/2024Monopoly RunLondon – Bookings Closed
29/03/2024 – 01/04/2024Mountain Activity CampCornel, North Wales
04/05/2024 – 06/05/2024Silver D of E PractiseNew Forest
08/06/2024Bronze D of E Training DayAshdown Forest
22/06/2024 – 23/06/2024Bronze D of E AssessmentAshdown Forest
25/07/2024 – 08/08/2024Sweden ExpeditionSweden
24/08/2024 – 26/08/2024Silver D of E AssessmentNew Forest
05/10/2024Downsman HikeSouth Downs
31/10/2024 – 03/11/2024Gold D of E PractiseDartmoor / TBC

Hot Air Balloons

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Last week at Explorers, we attempted to make hot Air Balloons out of an assortment of items. After much planning and construction, we headed outside for some test flights! On this occasion, none of the designs were capable of flight and a few even ended up on fire!

At the end of the meeting we also invested 8 new members to the unit!

Sailing – Supeta

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7 of our Explorer ventured out on Supeta today. Unfortunately the weather was too windy to head out to sea however the Explorer still tool the boat out for half a day learning to steer, dock and drive backwards under engine power. Hopefully next time we will have some better luck!

A few photos are below.

End of Term BBQ

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As is tradition, we celebrated the end of the summer term with a BBQ and water games. At the start of the meeting, we allowed the Cubs to take on the Explorers in a game of musical hoops which quickly descended into the Cubs soaking the Explorers thoroughly with their water guns!

We also played a few other water based games before much food was consumed cooked by the leadership team.

We hope you all have a great summer and see you next term.


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Last week, Explorers played Volleyball at Grattons Park. It was nice to see everyone back post exams finishing. However, lots more practise would be needed before any of them started playing at a competitive level as it was rare for more than 2 or 3 consecutive volleys!!!

Climbing and Abseiling

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Last night Shackleton ESU visited Copthorne Prep School for an evening of climbing and abseiling. We also invested one of our new Explorers part way down the abseil tower!

Thanks to Alaric, Ivo and Russell who all came along to help instruct for the evening.